Redknapp would relish England job

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he would jump at the chance of managing England should Fabio Capello leave the post following the Three Lions' World Cup debacle.

An awful campaign in South Africa came to an end on Sunday with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany, a result which has placed huge pressure on Capello to resign. Should the Italian quit - or be sacked by the Football Association - Redknapp would be a contender to replace him and the 63-year-old would relish the opportunity to lead his country.

He told talkSPORT: "I'm English, who wouldn't want to manage England? No-one is ever going to turn that job down."

Redknapp continued: "There's not an Englishman - whether it's me, Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce - who would turn the job down because it's our country and we want to manage our country."

Following the appointments of Capello, and Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson before him, Redknapp feels it is time to appoint an Englishman.

He added: "Could you imagine an Englishman managing the Italian national team? It doesn't happen.

"The Germans are the same, they have a German manager. We've ended up with two foreign managers.

"This guy [Capello] has a fantastic record at club level. But look, we've had a go with it now. When he finally moves on, in four years or whatever, surely there has to be a young guy or somebody in this country, surely we have to find a manager from England, an English manager.

"I'm not talking about a Scottish manager or an Irish manager, I'm talking about an English manager because this is where we're from, this is our country.

"We should be able to produce someone who can manage the England football team and let's be honest, they can't do any worse than what they've [Eriksson and Capello] done."

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